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Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates


An outstanding and rare example of te reo Māori, the Kerikeri Mission Te Reo slates represent the development of early Māori literacy.

The Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates were found at Kemp House, Kerikeri, in 2000, when the floorboards were lifted for restoration works and are the only known slates with te reo Māori writing from this era on them.


Archive Location

Kerikeri Mission Station, New Zealand

Waiata Slate

Slate with Rongo Hongi’s signature

Government party arrives at Kerikeri Mission House to present certificate to Ngā Uri o Hongi February 2019



Andrew Coleman, Chief Executive, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, talk about the slates